We are starting to pack and dispatch tomato orders from tomorrow (24th April) orders with Peppers, Aubergines, Basil Courgettes and Cucumbers will be a little while longer.

Thank you for you patience Im sure you can appreciate with the weather weve had its not been the easiest of Springs. Unfortuntely I don’t have the luxury of large fully heated greenhouses that many of my competitiors have including the suppliers of most garden centres

But because mine have been grown cold you will find mine shorter sturdier and able to withstand any chilly nights we may still have ( altough this does not mean they are safe to plant outside yet)

The one thing ive learnt from growing plants for a living is there is no such thing as normal you just have to roll with the punches You can’t second guess mother nature she will always throw you multiple curve balls. All you can do is have a few strategies in place so you can adapt and change to mother natures plan it’s a bit like being a Formula One Team strategist you have to be prepared to react to whatever she throws at you.
Last year it was the weird weird weird germination she sent me the most bizarre event in 50 yes of growing where seeds you had given up on suddenly germinated 4 months later
This year it’s the Beast from the East with heavy snow and freezing temperatures just when I should be sowing my Tomato, Aubergine and Pepper seeds only this year I was ready for her I saw an article in January alluding to a sudden stratospheric warming and I knew the last time we had that we were snowed in in Cornwall for a week So I sowed my top 30 best-sellers at home in my flat in Petri dishes on damp paper towel in my airing cupboard and heated propagators.
Then after weeks of cold miserable spring weather we have a mini heatwave and today has been declared the Hottest April day since 1949 nearly 70 Yrs
But that coincided with my earlier home sown tomatoes and the others I sowed later all rooting out at the same time and this warm weather by day and night has doubled them in size in just a few days many varieties are now good to go, and we can start sending them out next week
I am currently running about 3 weeks behind to where I was hoping to be sending out orders due to the extreme weather we had I delayed sowing as I am only a small nursery and I don’t have the heated facilities the big nurseries have If I am lucky this slightly warmer weather may mean I can start sending the first orders out at the end of next week.
Once plants are ready I will get them out as fast as I can, and I am advertising for a 2nd packer this week.
The Peppers and Aubergines are being quite slow to get going and I may end up potting the rest into 6cm Pots rather than 9cm, so they are ready quicker for you.
I Don’t have as many orders as this time last year so it won’t take me long to catch up when me and Jo start, Also because the plants have been grown cold they will be more robust than those bought from garden centres that come from heated greenhouses

Please Note no orders will be dispatched until nearer the Mid to the end of the Month I had to delay sowing due to the extremely cold spell of weather that was forecast and duly arrived a few weeks ago, so we’ve only been potting the plants up this last 2 weeks as soon as we have enough big enough to go we will start sending them They would not have survived that weather if I had sown them beforehand as I just don’t have the heated facilities big nurseries have I will be taking on a second packer, and we don’t have as many orders yet as we normally do so its not going to be too much of a problem.


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